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Mistletoe State Park to hold pioneer program

Posted: November 6, 2011 - 12:11am  |  Updated: November 6, 2011 - 12:12am
Russell Miller, 8, made candles during the Pioneer Living program at Mistletoe State Park in 2010. This year the Indian & Pioneer Lifestyles program will be held  Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12.  File Photo
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Russell Miller, 8, made candles during the Pioneer Living program at Mistletoe State Park in 2010. This year the Indian & Pioneer Lifestyles program will be held Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 8-12.

The comforts and conveniences available to children living in the modern age greatly differ from those raised during the 17th century.

To get a feel for those bygone days, children ages 8 to 12 are invited to participate in Mistletoe State Park’s annual Indian and Pioneer Lifestyles program during the Thanksgiving break.

“Anyone looking for something to do with their kids during Thanksgiving break will want to look at our program,” said park program assistant Brenda Bettross. “Children will step back in time as they experience how pioneer and Indian children lived.”

Among some of the things participants will do is learn to build a fire and explore the park’s surroundings as they discover how important plants and wildlife were to the everyday living of the Indians and pioneers.

The children will make their own butter, build pioneer toys and make candles.

In its third year, the Indian and Pioneer Lifestyles camp has grown in popularity each year, Bettross said.

“The main reason we decided to do the program the first year was because the Columbia County school system now gets a week off for fall break during Thanksgiving week,” she said. “That got me to thinking what an opportunity it offered to do a program to help kids get a better understanding of what the first Thanksgiving may have been like.”

The program is slated for Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Appling park. Cost is $20 per child, with registration required by Nov. 21.

For information, visit www.gastateparks.org/mistletoe, or call the park office at (706) 541-0321.

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